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#1 el cad

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 12:42 AM

I joined up here a few weeks ago and since then I have noticed a real lack of Sony BBX love here. Like up in the banner it even has Goldstar, but not Sony. The Sonys don't seem very popular it the threads I have visited either, It does not make me angry or sad, but it makes me wonder why? Are they not as good or cool? Maybe some other reason?


I am not a Sony fan, but my first stereo BBX was a Sony. I got it on my 11th birthday. My parents made me sell my mono boomer to help pay for it. I'm pretty sure this is the box:

Sony CFS-45L
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I remember it being a decent sounding BBX and I never felt outgunned by the other kids in the neighborhood, though one girl had a cool Casio keyboard BBX.

My Sony did have it's problems. The FF and Rew buttons did not like the stay down, which I always thought was some issue with the AMS. My parents were cheap and got it at the scratch and dent section at Best Co., so maybe that's why it was there. After less than a year the handle broke. The sides of the handles just snapped while I was waiting for my dad to open the car. Luckily I was standing on grass at the time. My parents got it fixed for me with metal replacements, but it no longer had the stops to keep the hand from rotating forward in front of the speakers, but at least it never broke again. I used it heavily until I was 16, when I got a Lasonic Discolite. I'm not sure what happen to it after that. Maybe it's still in my mom's basement. I've got to check when I go over for Thanksgiving.

I have never owned another Sony BBX, though i have own a few Sony Walkmans and a Discman. Though I would like to find one like I used to have for old times sake.

Has any one else had AMS or handle issues with Sonys? Or handle issues with any other BBXs? I've seen a couple of old Sonys on eBay with missing handles that look to be about the same vintage so maybe it was a common problem.

#2 Superduper

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 12:50 AM

They are not as common as some of the other brands and their lineup is rather thin. Also, the features, even on their top models aren't very feature rich. That being said, I have 8 Sony's myself, although admittedly, 4 of them are the CF580. The others are CF550, CF570 CFS-81 and a black 3piecer -- model # I can't remember.

#3 el cad

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 12:57 AM

You make some good points there, Superduper. I'd also be the first to admit that the styling on the Sony's can't match a lot of the BBXs I've seen pics of here.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 02:13 AM

I remember when I saw a Sony CFS-45L like that one above, and a Sharp GF-5959 for sale together, and I chose the Sharp. I always knew I should have got both. The Sharp just looked better and more 'flashier' at the time, but I was always wondering what the Sony would have been like. I've since had a Sony CFS-71L, which was quite good. It had a serious problem with the speakers though.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 04:18 AM

I have 2 Sony's-a 1990 CFM-140SII mono and a 2001 CFD-V7.

#6 Rimmer36

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 04:52 AM

Here is one of the better sony's nice box

http://cgi.ebay.co.u... ... 19b7ccac74

#7 Uncle Ed

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 05:18 AM

WHHAAAT???

What is in fact true is that SONY being unique and proud back int the day when they were proud and unique built some fine boxes...perhaps not monsters and ghettoblasters of archival merit, but certainly no Turkey Basters either.

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Everyone knows I love my CFS-D7 .....

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and what about the 560??? huh, huh???


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And the never seen in real life DW95...What about it Huhu??

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and the zilba????

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and the irregulars....did you even consider the fact that these odd birds can be delicious to your ears???

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and or this one here below .....what in the ????

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and not to mention the ones I did'nt mention.....

For the love of God I think I'm going to throw up because I'm so nonplussed....

#8 Gluecifer

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 06:18 AM

I'm not a massive fan of the majority of Sony 's radios, not like quite a few other manufacturers. I think they were too concerned about walkmans to bother with a lot of R&D into making the best ghettoblasters, but I do really love the FH line and the CFS-99, which is one of my personal grails. I LOVE the look of that radio.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 07:49 AM

there is love and affection for the # 580
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Posted 15 November 2009 - 09:25 AM

Hey El Cad, maybe you've just never seen it in the rotation, but there is a Sony CFS-F5 up in the banner. ;-) The Zilbap is where it's at, although the newer FH-5s are really nice.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 10:03 AM

... although the newer FH-5s are really nice.


One just recently sold for what I think is a good price (I've bought lesser quality boxes for more money). http://cgi.ebay.com/... ... K:MEWAX:IT Wish I had the money to buy it! :sad:

But yeah, the FH series is all that! :cool:

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 11:10 AM

Seems Sony's are in general a little understated in the lower line styling and overall didn't seem to be nearly as common as many of the other brands. Sony did make plenty of nice boxes as noted already in the thread but they just seem to sit quietly in most collections.

I have a few Sony's in my collection. :thumbsup:

CFS-D7
CFM-31
CFS-65

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 11:12 AM

well i have a few which i like very much and i have only one in my want list cfs-99 i have the cfs-66,77,88.. which to me are very good and well built box Posted Image

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 12:21 PM

ey ramon, one for you! ;-) :vespa: :breakdance:

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#15 el cad

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 12:54 PM

Thanks to all for the nice pics.


Gluesifer, that is one nice BBX, love the tuning knob. Hope you find a nice one.

redbenjoe, man is that pic shiny. Is it like that in real life?

Uncle Ed. Sorry you're not feeling well. You posted some great photos. That woody is to die for. That last black one has some real style, simple but elegant.



There was a Sony i remember from the early 80s. It looked like 3 cubes stuck together. The speakers could rotate upwards, and the tape deck was on top. Oh and it was red. Anyone know what I am talking about?

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 01:08 PM

sony put out some of the coolest most feature laden boxes that there was.
i mean lighted eq sliders and excellent dual conversion tuner on the fh7s was really cool. they also were one of the early companies to try the rechargeable battery pack.
also the really different apm speakers .
one thing about the sony boxes the higher end ones were super expensive back in the day which could be one of the reasons why they are so rare today. i mean i think a lot of owners of a fh7 that has one of them still kicking around at home would not part with it. i mean what would they replace it with that would be as good.
many of the sony designs triggered look alikes by the competition.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 01:09 PM

There was a Sony i remember from the early 80s. It looked like 3 cubes stuck together. The speakers could rotate upwards, and the tape deck was on top. Oh and it was red. Anyone know what I am talking about?


Could it be this one? :hmmm:
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^ The Sony CFS-700. :cool:

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 01:12 PM

mono that box is killer.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 01:23 PM

mono that box is killer.


You're right about that! :yes: I wish it was mine... :-D

sony put out some of the coolest most feature laden boxes that there was.
i mean lighted eq sliders and excellent dual conversion tuner on the fh7s was really cool. they also were one of the early companies to try the rechargeable battery pack.
also the really different apm speakers .
one thing about the sony boxes the higher end ones were super expensive back in the day which could be one of the reasons why they are so rare today. i mean i think a lot of owners of a fh7 that has one of them still kicking around at home would not part with it. i mean what would they replace it with that would be as good.
many of the sony designs triggered look alikes by the competition.


Could Sharp be one of those who hopped on the Sony bandwagon with the square woofers? Panasonic maybe? JVC possibly? Sanyo? I don't know.... :hmmm: Even a lesser company like Lasonic borrowed the lighted EQ sliders for their TRC-935...

Sony's made so many innovations throughout the years that other companies couldn't help but bite their style. :cool:

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 01:55 PM

for sure. i mean there unique design influence was pretty well felt.
i would also say that i think that there is little or no doubt that sony was going for a different market in terms of who lasonic would have been aiming for.
theres a ton of love for sony boomboxes and when i think about it i think you would be hard pressed to find a maker who put out as wide a variety of boomboxes as sony. i mean they really did push the envelope for design. also i seem to remember sony being the first company to give us a cd boombox. i could be wrong but... i dont think i am.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 02:03 PM

for sure. i mean there unique design influence was pretty well felt.
i would also say that i think that there is little or no doubt that sony was going for a different market in terms of who lasonic would have been aiming for.
theres a ton of love for sony boomboxes and when i think about it i think you would be hard pressed to find a maker who put out as wide a variety of boomboxes as sony. i mean they really did push the envelope for design. also i seem to remember sony being the first company to give us a cd boombox. i could be wrong but... i dont think i am.



Sony co-invented the CD, so that wouldn't surprise me at all. Hell, they either invented or co-invented the DVD, Blu Ray discs, the Walkman, minidisc format and a whole bunch of other things I can't remember at the moment,... not to mention the 1st gaming system that was based on the CD format. :cool: I think the only MAJOR failure they had was the Betamax tape.

Sony. The one and only. :cool:

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 09:16 PM

...that CFS-77 is a nice looking box. The design makes the speakers look huge!!...but how do they sound??

#23 el cad

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 09:34 PM

bill, I did not know anything about the rechargable battery packs. About what year was that?

Mono, you the man. I've been Google imagine searching for that box off and on for a while and could never find it. I saw an ad when I was a preteen and wanted it so bad. I never would have thought the name was Cublic, that just sounds weird.


I think I can safely put to bed my ASSumtion that their is a lack of Sony love here,

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 10:34 PM

Mono, you the man. I've been Google imagine searching for that box off and on for a while and could never find it. I saw an ad when I was a preteen and wanted it so bad. I never would have thought the name was Cublic, that just sounds weird.


That's a very rare box, but I'm sure that somebody here or at s2go has one. :hmmm:

You're welcome. :cool:

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 10:53 PM

Sony co-invented the CD, so that wouldn't surprise me at all. Hell, they either invented or co-invented the DVD, Blu Ray discs, the Walkman, minidisc format and a whole bunch of other things I can't remember at the moment,... not to mention the 1st gaming system that was based on the CD format. :cool: I think the only MAJOR failure they had was the Betamax tape.

Sony. The one and only. :cool:

Not trying to be negative, and you made some very good points. But the Sony Playstation was the first massively successful CD based gaming console. The Sega CD, NEC Turbo Graphics CD, Philips CDi and 3D0 all came before the Playstation.

I think Sony's biggest flop was trying to bring the Walkman into the digital age. Their first players didn't even use MP3s, but some special Sony format. And look where that got them, now they make boomboxes with Apple iPod docks not Walkman docks.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 12:43 AM

Finally, a Sony thread!! :thumbsup:
more please.

Cheers OSS :afro:

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 01:04 AM

This nice SONY i changed against a LASONIC.
But it was a nice unit.
autorev.tape, CD (flip out) and MD link!
Digital tuner, digital equalizer! :w00t:

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 01:19 AM

bill, I did not know anything about the rechargable battery packs. About what year was that?

Mono, you the man. I've been Google imagine searching for that box off and on for a while and could never find it. I saw an ad when I was a preteen and wanted it so bad. I never would have thought the name was Cublic, that just sounds weird.


I think I can safely put to bed my ASSumtion that their is a lack of Sony love here,


the sony fh7 had them from about 1983 or so.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 12:04 PM

I just found a video of a Sony i never ever seen before and its amazing ,watch
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 12:07 PM

Seems we have demonstrated that Sony's are quietly loved but loved all the same as other boxes. :thumbsup: